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Utilitarianism, Hedonism, and Desert : Essays in Moral Philosophy - Fred Feldman

Utilitarianism, Hedonism, and Desert

Essays in Moral Philosophy

By: Fred Feldman, Ernest Sosa (Editor), Jonathan Dancy (Editor), John Haldane (Editor), Gilbert Harman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th December 1997
ISBN: 9780521598422
Number Of Pages: 236

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Fred Feldman is an important philosopher who has made a substantial contribution to utilitarian moral philosophy. This collection of ten previously published essays plus a new introductory essay reveals the striking originality and unity of his views. Feldman's version of utilitarianism differs from traditional forms in that it evaluates behavior by appeal to the values of accessible worlds. These worlds, in turn, are evaluated in terms of the amount of pleasure they contain, but the conception of pleasure involved is a novel one and the formulation of hedonism is improved. In Feldman's view, pleasure is not a feeling but a propositional attitude. He also deals with problems of justice that affect standard forms of utilitarianism. The collection is ideally suited for courses on contemporary utilitarian theory.

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'Fred Feldman is the most distinguished contemporary defender of 'the utilitarian idea'. One of his long-standing concerns has been to try to work out how best to formulate it, and these essays are among his efforts to do so. They display extraordinary analytical skill, and they make clear that much more can be said for the idea than its opponents would lead you to believe. A helpful Introduction describes the problems that need to be solved, and summarizes the ways in which the essays try to solve them. All but one of the essays were previously published, in a scatter of places; it is very welcome to have them available in one volume, for classroom use as well as for private study.' Judith Thomson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

World utilitarianism
On the extensional equivalence of simple and general utilitarianism
The principle of moral harmony
On the consistency of act and motive utilitarianism
Two questions about pleasure
Mill, Moore, and the consistency of qualified Hedonism
On the intrinsic value of pleasures
Adjusting utility for justice
Desert: reconsideration of some received wisdom
Justice, desert, and the repugnant conclusion
Index of subjects
Index of persons
Index of cases
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ISBN: 9780521598422
ISBN-10: 0521598427
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 29th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.95  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.28